Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike has resigned as CEO of the popular messaging app. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will be interim CEO while the search for a new head continues. Acton was also one of the founding members of Signal.
‘New Year, New CEO’
Marlinspike announces his departure from the company a . done through blog post Titled ‘New Year, New CEO’. He explained that it is a “good time” to replace himself as the CEO of the privacy-focused messaging app.
Marlinspike will continue as a member on the Signal Board and he will move as CEO next month to focus his attention on finding a new chief. In the interim, Brian Acton, who was also on the Signal Foundation board, will serve as CEO while the search for the next candidate is underway.
Regarding the reasons for his leaving, Marlinspike explained that until about four years ago, Marlinspike was heavily involved in the daily operations of the app. He said, “I was writing all the Android code, writing all the server code, being the only person calling for the service, facilitating all the product development, and managing all of what I could ever Cell couldn’t leave service, had to take his laptop everywhere with him in case of emergency, and sometimes found himself sitting alone on the sidewalk in the rain late at night trying to diagnose a drop in service. “
He now believes Signal has passed that stage and now has a working group of about 30 people, including engineers, designers and support staff. Signal’s popularity grew after several influential personalities switched from WhatsApp for a more secure platform. Taking the app forward, Marlinspike claims it wants to “bring in someone with fresh energy and a commitment to make the most of it.”
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